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Old 06-16-2011, 10:39 AM   #1 
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Exclamation Is he sick?

OK i think my fish is sick. He has tattered pectoral fins, a rip in his anal fin, and blackish-gray spots on some of his body. I will post pictures when i can.

Housing
What size is your tank? 1 gallon
What temperature is your tank? kind of varies from 72 F to 80? F currently 80 F
Does your tank have a filter? no
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? no
Is your tank heated? no
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? N/A

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Hikari betta bio-gold
How often do you feed your betta fish? twice a day, 4 pellets and a snack of 1 or 2 pellets after WCs

Maintenance

How often do you perform a water change? every other day
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 50%. 100% once a week
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Kent Marine Betta Bowl Essential

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters? Want to get an ammonia kit soon.

Ammonia:N/A
Nitrite:N/A
Nitrate:N/A
pH:N/A
Hardness:N/A
Alkalinity:N/A

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? split anal fin, black spots on body, tattered pectoral fins.

How has your betta fish's behavior changed? only really being active when I'm around
When did you start noticing the symptoms? he's had the spots i think ever since i got him
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? i don't know how!
Does your fish have any history of being ill? i don't think so
How old is your fish (approximately)? i don't know, I've had him about 2 months now.

any help is greatly appreciated.
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Old 06-16-2011, 11:09 AM   #2 
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First off, I'd say 72 is too low a temp. for your betta. Keep it above 75 atleast, but below 84.
What does your water conditioner "Kent Marine Betta Bowl Essential" do? Does it remove chlorine and chloramine?
Blackened scales is not something abnormal if it's been there since a long time.
The frayed fins suggest finrot. Are you sure that your betta isn't flaring too often?
That's one reason I know for split fins.
Are the edges of the fins having a darker colour?
IF YES:
Do an immediate water change and add tetracycline (dosage as mentioned on the pack*).
Add espom salt (1/2 tsp).
Keep the temp at 80-82. Perform 100% water changes every 2-3 days and add tetracycline & salt again.

* I would suggest adding less than the full dosage as your bowl is just a gallon in size.
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Old 06-16-2011, 11:22 AM   #3 
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You need to be doing a minimum of 100% every other day, otherwise ammonia builds up. I have a feeling he's just suffering from poor water conditions. If you keep up with water changes and keep his bowl heated to 80*F, then he should start improving.

In my opinion, his bowl is too small, when or if possible you should consider upgrading him to a 2.5 gallon tank with a heater, or something larger. :)
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